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Dental Hygiene



The program in dental hygiene starts in the fall of each year. Prospective students should complete the Transfer Student Online Application and indicate "Dental Hygiene BS" for "unit of study." High school graduates desiring to spend their first year of study for the dental hygiene program at the University of Michigan should apply for admission to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Transfer students should check the Transfer Equivalency search page to find out if their credits will transfer in to the University of Michigan. Simply select the institution the credits would be transferring from, and the U-M school or college being applied to, in order to determine which credits will transfer.

The U-M Dental Hygiene Program has competitive enrollment. Consideration is given to applications from all qualified resident and non-resident candidates. It is highly recommended that interested students arrange to have an academic advising meeting with the Dental Hygiene Program Director before applying. The purpose of this meeting is to acquaint the prospective student with the areas of study in dental hygiene and with the university campus. E-mail for more information.

The Dental Hygiene Program follows the University of Michigan's policy on advanced standing. Information can be found at the Undergraduate Admissions page on AP, IB Credit. A dental hygiene student who has been admitted and who has a previous Bachelor's of Science degree, including coursework in two or more biomedical science discipline areas (anatomy, microbiology, and biochemistry), and has received a grade of "B" or better, may have the course credit transferred in and be considered to have fulfilled the requirement for that particular course. Under this rule, the number of credits awarded could range from 4-13 credit hours for microbiology (4 credits), biochemistry (4 credits), and anatomy (5 credits).

Applications and application materials are all processed through the U-M's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applications are accepted starting in August of the previous calendar year and closes February 1 of the starting year. The program reserves the right to keep application submissions open until early August of the enrollment year. For important directions on completing the transfer student application (Common Application), see Tips & Tricks. Applicants can read more about the University of Michigan's admissions policies on the Admissions website. For tuition information, see the Office of the Registrar's website.


All transfer students are required to submit the following prior to the deadline date:

  • Completed application (The Common Application). For important directions on completing the transfer student application, see Common Application Tips and Tricks.
  • Final official secondary school record (high school), including 9th–12th grades, test data, and graduation date
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (colleges, universities, technical institutes)
  • Three (3) essays
  • Application fee
  • Test scores (ACT, SAT, MELAB, TOEFL, IELTS), if applicable


If the applicant took the ACT or SAT as a high school student those scores should be sent to the University to be evaluated as part of the application. If ACT or SAT scores are not posted on the high school transcript, please have the scores sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If the scores have not already been reported to the University of Michigan, applicants may request to have them sent online using these links:

  • ACT (U-M code is 2062)
  • SAT (U-M code is 1839)
  • Rush paper scores are not accepted.

NOTE: If the applicant did not take the ACT or SAT as a high school student, these scores will not be required as part of the admissions application to the University of Michigan. The applicant should not sit for the exams as a college student.


MELAB, TOEFL, or IELTS test scores are required of all speakers of English as a second language. Please click here for minimum score requirements.


Students enter the dental hygiene program as sophomores. The average GPA of incoming students to the Dental Hygiene Program is 3.4. All candidates must complete the equivalent of thirty (30) semester hours of college-level work in liberal arts. Prerequisite courses include:

  • Chemistry (preferably with laboratory)
  • English composition
  • Speech (Fundamentals of Speech or Public Speaking)
  • Introductory psychology
  • Introductory sociology

In addition to the required courses above, it is highly recommended that students take some of the following courses in order to complete the required 30 credit hours for admissions:

  • Biology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Other college-level science-based courses, such as Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry
  • English composition II or other writing intensive course


All completed applications are sent to the Admissions Committee for review. The Committee thoroughly evaluates each application using the Dental Hygiene Program Admissions Rubric to ensure the applicant has met all prerequisite requirements and obtained the necessary number of credit hours for entrance. Admissions selection is then based on academic performance and standing, including strong achievement in science courses, and a demonstrated interest in dental hygiene as a career. Additionally, each student’s application essays are read and reviewed for completeness/comprehensiveness of response, and breadth and depth of extracurricular activities, community involvement, and leadership experiences.

Applicants are notified in writing whether or not their application is accepted or denied. Applicants who have been deferred are contacted directly by the Program regarding their status. Accepted students begin the program fall semester of the upcoming academic year.


In addition to meeting the University of Michigan immunization requirements, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry requires all incoming students to have completed the Record of Required Immunizations form.

Accepted students are sent the Record of Required Immunizations form. The Record of Required Immunizations form must be completed no later than the first day of classes of the Fall semester and must contain the following:


A. Hepatitis B Vaccination

  • In addition to the Hepatitis B vaccination series, all students MUST have the Hepatitis B Immune Titer. If your test results for the titer are negative then you must repeat the Hepatitis B vaccination series.

B. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
• Students need two documented doses of the MMR vaccine.

C. Tuberculosis

  • Students are required to have a PPD skin test dated the first day of the Fall semester or later. If you test positive then you are required you have a chest x-ray to confirm that your immune system is normal and that you do not
have tuberculosis.

D. Varicella (Chicken Pox)

  • If you have had chicken pox then you are not required to have the immune titer. If you have not had chicken pox but have received the Varicella Vaccination, you MUST have the Varicella Immune Titer.

E. Tetanus/Pertussis

  • All students must have the one-time booster for Tdap.

Infectious and Bloodborne Diseases:

The U-M Dental Hygiene Program complies with institutional, local, state, and federal regulations on bloodborne pathogen diseases, ionizing radiation, and hazardous materials. Students in the Program follow CDC, OSHA, and other guidelines to protect themselves and their patients from occupational exposure to these hazards. In addition, the Program has policies and procedures related to individuals who have bloodborne infectious disease(s).


U-M School of Dentistry dental hygiene students (excluding online degree students) are required to complete the Health Insurance Submit Form in MiTools to demonstrate coverage for the current year at a minimum level of health insurance. For more information, see Health Insurance Guidelines.